DRESS CODE POLICY
All individuals entering the courtroom shall be dressed appropriately, clean and neat. Dress,
which is disturbing and distracting in court is inappropriate. Clothes and appearance must be
safe and not disruptive to the judicial process. Remember you are appearing in a court of law.
1. Skirts and skorts must reach and extend below the fingertip.
2. No shorts are permitted.
3. All pants must be worn at waist. No sagging or low riding.
4. Undershirts and tank tops, if worn, must be worn with another “cover-up”
shirt. Shoulders, backs, chests, and midriffs must be covered.
5. No see-through type or suggestive clothing is to be worn. Undergarments may
not be visible.
6. All shirts, with the exception of sweaters, sweatshirts, or vests must be tucked
into pants, skirts, or shorts, including athletic jerseys.
7. Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times. No flip-flops or house
8. Inappropriate head coverings such as bandanas, scarves, sweatbands,
hats/caps, do-rags, or hairnets are not to be worn or seen. Hoods on lightweight
garments or sweatshirts may not be pulled over the head. Sunglasses shall be
removed in court.
9. Clothing that advertises substances (drugs, alcohol, tobacco products) or
language or writing that is otherwise inappropriate or offensive (sex, profanity,
racial or ethnic slurs, gang-related attire, etc.) may not be worn. Tattoos that
display drugs, sex, alcohol, or tobacco products must not be seen at anytime.
10. Clothing that is intentionally torn in inappropriate places is prohibited.
11. For security reasons, chains, spiked accessories, and oversized jewelry are not
The Court reserves the right to modify this policy as necessary and reserve the right to
determine what might be disruptive and unsafe.
If you are dressed in violation of this policy, you will not be permitted in the courtroom
or will be requested to leave.
Effective July 1, 2007.
The above guidelines are drawn from the Metropolitan Nashville Public School Dress Code (Policy 1737).